ABU DHABI ø GCC oil ministers plan to meet in Abu Dhabi to discuss oil prices.
The meetings are part of a two-day
conference scheduled to begin on Sept. 26 entitled "Gulf
Oil and Gas Sector: Potential and Constraints."
The conference is being sponsored by the
Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research and is meant to focus on the
A report by the Center for Global Energy Studies asserted that the price
of crude oil was no longer under OPEC control, Middle East Newsline reported. The report said OPEC, with
spare production capacity of 1.5 million barrels per day, does not have
sufficient capacity to significantly reduce oil prices, which have exceeded
$47 a barrel.
Organizers said the conference would be opened by Qatari Oil Minister
Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah. They said leading analysts have submitted
studies on such issues as investment in the GCC's oil sector, Iraq and OPEC
GCC states have been among the biggest oil producers in the global
Saudi Arabia has led the way with a daily oil output of 9.5 million barrels.